AFGHANISTAN TOUR OF PAKISTAN, CALLED OFF DUE TO LAHORE BLAST

Posted on by Chiranjit Das

The 3 ODIs which were decided to be held in April at Gaddafi stadium in Lahore and Karachi National stadium have been postponed for an indefinite period of time. The reason behind the decision is the blast, which took place in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park Lahore, Pakistan on 27 March 2016.

Pakistan Cricket Board and Afghanistan Cricket board mutually proposed a bilateral series between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The series is in doubt after the suicide bomb blast happened in Lahore on Sunday. And the ODIs are momentarily called off for security concerns.

According to Express Tribune, in the meeting of two boards, two proposals were kept forward to the Afghanistan Team. First, one is either to play two four-day matches and three ODIs and the second one is to play only three ODIs. In the last outing of the World, T20 Afghanistan beat West Indies and they happen to be the only team to have beaten the Caribbean side in the tournament so far. Afghanistan will have the morale booster going into the series if it takes place.

The Lahore blast has shattered the whole nation, nearly 70 people died as of now and 380 were wounded. The players are concerned about security. It’s not the first time the country has been the victim of terrorist attack, though. Moreover after the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team’s bus in Lahore back in 2009, no major foreign test playing nation has toured in Pakistan.

The executive director of Afghanistan cricket team, Aziz Fazly, has asked for a guarantee of team’s safety and given an option to shift the series to Dubai as many of the people from both Afghanistan and Pakistan reside in Dubai, but till now no official response has been given.

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